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Noah Syndergaard could join Mets rotation in August?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Although Mets manager Terry Collins isn't sure if starting pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard will make his major-league debut in 2014, others in the organization anticipate the top pitching prospect being in the majors as early as August, according to the New York Daily News.

They view Syndergaard as a potential replacement for Bartolo Colon, who is being mentioned in trade rumors.

"In the worst case, it would be (Daisuke) Matsuzaka, and in the best case, it would be Syndergaard," one source said, explaining why the organization would be comfortable replacing Colon over the next two months.

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Report: Zach McAllister to start Saturday against Royals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected has been all but confirmed. The Indians will promote right-hander Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday in Kansas City, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

McAllister has earned a spot in the rotation with a strong run with the Clippers, followed by two starts with the Indians in which he surrendered just four runs in 12 1/3 innings.

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Ryan Zimmerman placed on DL for second time this year
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Nationals announced Wednesday third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain. It his second stint on the disabled list this season, as he missed 44 games earlier this year with a fractured right thumb.

The injury comes at a bad time for Zimmerman, who is batting .387 with a .613 slugging percentage and 1.050 OPS in his last 17 games. He has two home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in that span.

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Aramis Ramirez to continue career past 2014 season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who appeared in his 2,000th MLB game Wednesday, said he has decided to continue his career past the 2014 season, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I'm going to go for 2,500 (games) so let's see what happens," Ramirez said. "I'm only 36; I'll be OK. I'm playing past this year, for sure. I don't know how much longer but definitely more years. I'll see where I'm at after the season but I feel good right now. Health is the main thing. My body is telling me I can still play."

Ramirez has a mutual option for $14 million for next season. If Ramirez exercises the option and the Brewers decline, he gets a $4 million buyout.

"That, I don't think about," he said. "I don't really like to talk about contracts during the season. They haven't approached me about anything, either, so we'll see what happens.

"I like it here. It's the reason I came here. I have no regrets. I've had a great three years here. I've liked it. It's a good place to play baseball. A great stadium; we have a roof (so) I don't have to worry about the conditions. A good team. We just missed the playoffs my first year here. This year, we're in the pennant race. So, we have a good team and it was the right choice."

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Yankees promote one righty, DFA another
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Yankees have made moves with two right-handers. They have designated for assignment Bruce Billings while calling up Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

The 30-year-old Leroux made two regrettable appearances with New York earlier this season, giving up five earned runs on seven hits in two innings pitched.

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Groin issue lands Kelly Johnson on DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Yankees have placed third baseman Kelly Johnson on the disabled list with a groin injury that forced him out of the Tuesday night game.

Johnson has proven mediocre this season, mostly in a platoon role against right-handers. He owns a stat line of .219/.304/.373.

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Curtis Granderson out again Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is absent from the lineup for the second straight game Wednesday in Seattle. He missed the Tuesday night game with an illness.

Granderson has been in a mini-slide with no hits in his last nine at-bats. He owns a mediocre stat line of .235/.343/.411 on the year.

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Chris Young in Wednesday lineup for Mets
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A calf injury that had prevented Mets left fielder Chris Young from playing since Monday will not keep him out Wednesday in Seattle. He is back in the lineup.

The part-timer has three hits in his last eight at-bats with two runs and four RBI.

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Three Marlins players slow to recover from injuries
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Three Marlins players continue to be slow to recover from their respective injuries, according to the Miami Herald.

Manager Mike Redmond said reliever Kevin Gregg is unlikely to come off the disabled list when he's eligible. He has been out since July 14 due to right elbow inflammation.

Redmond added second baseman Derek Dietrich (right wrist strain) and second baseman Rafael Furcal (groin) haven't resumed baseball activities.

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Twins open to trading potential free agents
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Twins are open to trading DH Kendrys Morales, who signed with the team in early June, and other potential free agents, according to FOX Sports. The list includes Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and Kurt Suzuki.

Though, the Twins might try to keep Suzuki since few contenders have a need for a catcher.

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